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More than 2,000 clients and patients from Baguio City, Bataan, Batangas City, Bulacan, Ilocos Norte, and Pangasinan availed themselves of medical and health services from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Health Caravan from October 1 to 22, 2022. One of the communities reached was Barangay San Jose, San Miguel, Bulacan, which experienced severe flooding in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Karding in September.

An initiative of PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon, the Health Caravan serves as the conduit for delivery of basic health services to the most vulnerable communities. It is also an opportunity for nurses and doctors to volunteer with the PRC. Through its Health Caravan, the PRC promotes and protects health and prevent diseases.

“Laging nandyan ang Red Cross para magbigay ng essential health and medical services sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na ngayong panahon ng pandemya,” Chairman Gordon said.

In partnership with the local government units, the PRC Health Caravan is organized by PRC chapters’ volunteers and staff, with support from the Health Services Unit of the PRC National Headquarters. The program offers a combination of the following services: health consultation, health and hygiene promotion, first aid lecture-demonstration, Covid-19 vaccination, and bloodletting and blood typing services. Hot meals and health kits are also distributed to participants in some areas. The PRC Health Caravan has served around 10,000 clients and patients across the country since it started in March 2022.

Mandaluyong City — As the country sees an increasing number of new cases of Covid-19, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon encourages the public to get tested to prevent the undetected transmission of the virus. The Department of Health Covid-19 tracker shows an increasing number of new cases added daily, based on a 7-day moving average.

“With the alarming increase in positivity rates in the past weeks, and as we see more and more of our friends and family developing symptoms, we at the PRC encourage everyone to get tested to ensure that we and our loved ones are safe from Covid,” Chairman Gordon said.

At the onset of the pandemic, in 2020, the PRC was the first to set up a molecular laboratory in the country that is capable of conducting automated RT-PCR tests to detect Covid-19. The PRC’s first molecular laboratory started operations in April 2020, one month after former President Duterte declared a community quarantine in the National Capital Region. The setting up of molecular laboratories was the PRC’s response to the need for “unmasking the enemy,” or revealing infections, so that persons infected could be isolated and not infect others. 

As of August 14, 2022, the PRC has completed more than 5.6 million swab and saliva RT-PCR tests in the country. Go to to book an RT-PCR test. The PRC molecular laboratories offer discounts to senior citizens and persons with disability.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) intensified its COVID-19 response as the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,018 new active cases on Sunday, July 10.

The DOH’s COVID-19 tracker last Sunday showed that the additional cases brought active cases to 13,818, raising the country’s total cases to 3,718,467 with 3,644,009 recoveries and 60,640 deaths.

With this reported increase, the PRC continued to administer vaccinations to qualified individuals across the country. On Friday, July 8, Bakuna Centers vaccinated 139 individuals in Zamboanga City, 208 individuals in Ilocos Norte, and 73 individuals in Pasay City. Bakuna Teams also vaccinated 34 individuals in Lapasan Health Center, Carmen Health Center, and Canitoan Health Center in Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro, and 23 individuals in Free Port Area, Mariveles, Bataan. The PRC Bakuna Bus drove to Dona Victoria Zarate Elementary School to vaccinate 85 individuals.

As of July 11, the PRC has administered 1,208, 429 doses, with 374,637 fully vaccinated individuals.

The PRC also started to administer COVID-19 booster shots to all qualified adolescents 12-17 years old. It encourages all qualified adolescents to avail of the first booster shot. The PRC accepts walk-ins, provided that they are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian, present their ID, their vaccination card (1st and 2nd dose), their parent’s or legal guardian’s ID, and proof of filiation.

“Ngayong pwede nang magpabakuna ang ating mga kabataang edad 12-17, mas mapapaigting pa natin ang laban kontra sa dumaraming kaso ng COVID-19 sa ating bansa. Hinihikayat ko ang mga magulang o legal guardian na samahan ang ating mga kabataan upang makiisa sa layunin ng Red Cross na sila ay maproteksyunan at matiyak ang kanilang kaligtasan,” PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said.

In addition, the 14 PRC Molecular Laboratories with 60,000 tests capacity per day are open for COVID-19 swab and saliva RT PRC tests.

Philippine Red Cross deploys 20th Bakuna Bus

Philippine Red Cross Bakuna Bus

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) now has 20 Bakuna buses, the latest of which is currently deployed in Pangasinan and is supported by the Coca-Cola Foundation.

The PRC Bakuna Bus is a bus whose interior is set up with facilities for administering vaccines, Covid-19 vaccines and supplies, and space for vaccinators. It is PRC’s way of bringing the vaccines and information to the people, assuaging their hesitations to get vaccinated.

“Patuloy ang ating laban sa Covid-19 sa pamamagitan ng bakuna at RT-PCR tests. Hindi titigil ang Red Cross na gawin ang dapat gawin upang marating ang herd immunity,” the PRC Chairman and CEO, Senator Dick Gordon, said.

Also dubbed “Health on Wheels,” the Bakuna Bus will provide a mobile Covid-19 vaccination capability in Pangasinan, initially to the fourth district, specifically to the municipalities of San Fabian, Mangaldan, San Jacinto, and Rosales.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) reminds everyone to practice health and safety protocols for individuals attending the campaign rallies set in different areas nationwide. The Philippines entered the official campaign period on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, which will differ from past elections as this is the first time that the campaign period is happening during the pandemic.

The Department of Health warned that campaign activities could become superspreader events for COVID-19. PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon urged everyone to observe health and safety protocols such as wearing a face mask, washing /sanitizing his/her hands, and social distancing, as the COVID-19 omicron variant is still highly transmissible and may further mutate. 

“Marami pa ang kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa, kaya tayo ay mag-iingat at laging sumunod sa health and safety protocols upang maiwasan na mahawa sa COVID-19. Magpabakuna at magpa-test para maprotektahan natin ang ating mga sarili. Patuloy ang operasyon ng PRC Bakuna Centers at mga Bakuna Buses para malabanan ang COVID-19,” Chairman Gordon said.

Since PRC started its vaccination program, PRC administered 984 764 doses nationwide to intensify its fight against COVID-19. The 14 PRC molecular laboratories remain operational and have conducted 5,430,773 tests since the PRC began testing in April 2020.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) faces two challenges at the same time in responding to the needs of the Filipino people affected by Super Typhoon Odette in Palawan, Visayas, and the Mindanao region and manning the vaccination centers, testing sites, and isolation facilities to fight the pandemic.

PRC led by its Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon mobilized PRC assets such as Payloaders, Food Trucks, Water tankers, Rescue Vehicles, etc. in restoring the lifelines in the areas battered by Typhoon Odette.

Despite the ongoing disaster response in the different areas hit by Typhoon Odette, PRC continues to be at the forefront in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Chairman Gordon leads the humanitarian organization in the establishment of 14 molecular laboratories nationwide to test more people to isolate positive individuals and prevent household transmission.

Since the beginning of 2022, the Philippines is currently experiencing a surge of COVID-19 positive individuals with a daily average of close to 30,000 over the last two weeks.

It is through the vision of Chairman Gordon to implement ways to curb the pandemic to save lives through testing, isolation of positive individuals, and vaccinating the unvaccinated to protect the Filipino people from the virus.


PRC Chairman Gordon also pushes for testing for early detection amidst the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.

Chairman Gordon introduced last January 20, 2021, the saliva RT-PCR test. Chairman Gordon said that the saliva RT-PCR test is a game-changer in testing as it is more affordable, faster, and non-invasive, and requires less manpower suitable for far-flung areas.

To also make testing accessible to the public, PRC partnered with different shopping malls such as SM, Robinsons, Ayala, and Araneta to serve as saliva collection sites. PRC also partnered with Angkas for a saliva test home service.

“Tayo ay magpatest lagi upang malaman natin kung kailangan mag-isolate  kapag  positibo sa COVID-19. The best protection is detecting the virus early and isolating the infected individuals to prevent the spread of the virus. Pinababa nang Red Cross ang RT-PCR test at ito ay ang pinaka mababa sa bansa,” Chairman Gordon said.

To date, PRC tested 5,352,770 individuals in their 14 molecular laboratories nationwide comprising a wide majority of the national testing output. PRC COVID-19 testing paved the way to save individuals from contracting the virus.

PRC Isolation facilities

The sudden surge of COVID-positive cases in March 2021 heightened the need for facilities that care for asymptomatic patients and those with mild symptoms.

The pressure became so intense that Chairman Dick Gordon invited MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos and LGU Mayors on Good Friday last year to present his plan to address this crisis which would entail the conversion of idle classrooms into isolation facilities.

These repurposed classrooms and facilities in UP, Ateneo, Makati Science High School, Cagayan, St. Benilde, and Adamson house asymptomatic and mild patients to allow them to be isolated for 14 days away from their households. These individuals are provided with essential needs such as beds, toiletries, isolation kits, and food.

The PRC isolation facility program is only one among the various initiatives dedicated to enhancing the management of COVID-19 in the country. To date, 4,989 patients were served since the start of operations.

 “Maraming salamat sa aming mga partners at donors para sa aming isolation facilities upang maiwasan ang hawaan sa mga household. Sa patuloy na pagtaas ng kaso ng COVID-19 sa bansa, isa lamang sa aming initiatives ang isolation facilities para tulungan ang mga apektado ng COVID-19 na may mapuntahan upang di mahawaan ang mga pamilya nila at iba pang tao,” Dick Gordon said. 


To ensure everyone’s safety against COVID-19, Chairman Gordon said that vaccination is one of the best ways to protect you from the virus.

PRC continues its vaccination program in support of the national government and has vaccinated 884, 279 individuals through its 26 Bakuna Centers and 17 Bakuna Buses nationwide.

The PRC Bakuna Bus is one of the various initiatives Chairman Gordon used way back during the polio, measles and rubella vaccination to reach the most vulnerable in far-flung areas. 

 “Magpabakuna upang maiwasan ang severe cases kontra COVID-19. Mayroon tayong mga Bakuna Centers at Bakuna Buses na patuloy ang pagiikot upang maabot ang mga walang access sa bakuna. Nagawa na natin kontra polio at measles magagawa rin natin ngayon. Let’s Win our War against COVID-19,” Chairman Gordon said.

PRC also conducts walk-in adult vaccination at the EDSA Boni Bakuna Center to hasten the vaccination efforts in Metro Manila.

 PRC volunteers and staff are ready to vaccinate walk-in clients with J&J, Sinovac, and AstraZeneca primary series. Bakuna Centers are open to the public Monday to Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM and on Saturdays from 9 AM – 12 NN.


The Philippine Red Cross(PRC) Aklan Chapter continues to drive their Provincial LGU Bus around Aklan to support the National Vaccination Program of the government vaccinating 400 individuals in Ibajay, Aklan last October 27, 2021.

According to the PRC Aklan Chapter, they have administered 2,766 doses as of October 27, 2021, and have now fully vaccinated 668 individuals ever since we first deployed our Bakuna Bus last September 16, 2021.

As of October 27, 2021, the humanitarian organization has vaccinated 366,392 individuals in their 25 Bakuna Centers and 17 Bakuna Buses. PRC staff and volunteers have administered over 253,539 doses in the Bakuna Centers, and over 112,853 doses in the Bakuna Buses.

“Patuloy ang aming serbisyo upang mapaigtingin pa ang pabakakuna lalo na sa mga malalayong komunidad upang makamit ang herd immunity sa bansa,” said Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon.

To register for vaccination, call 1158 or email [email protected]

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) vaccinates 1,300 individuals belonging to the A4 category through its Bakuna Center in Light Industry and Science Park 2, Calamba, Laguna last October 27, 2021.
PRC Laguna Chapter, headed by its Chapter Administrator Frank Sorromero, spearheaded the vaccination efforts in Laguna with the assistance of the local government unit. As of October 15, 2021, PRC Laguna Chapter vaccinated 16,255 individuals through its Bakuna Bus and Bakuna Centers.
This initiative is part of the vision of PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon to give the residents of Laguna access to PRC humanitarian services. On the same day, PRC also led the groundbreaking ceremony of the soon-to-build Blood Bank at the City of Sta. Rosa Laguna.
“Inilalapit natin sa mga taga Laguna an gating services upang makatulong sa mga nangangailangan. Ang ating Bakuna Centers at Bakuna Bus ay sinimulan ng Philippine Red Cross upang mabilis natin mabakunahan ang mas maraming tao at marating ang mga walang access dito. Pinangunahan din natin ang groundbreaking ceremony ng bagong PRC Blood Bank sa Sta. Rosa para mabigyan ng mas mabilis na access ang mga taga Sta. Rosa, Binan, San Pedro, at lahat na ngangailangan ng dugo,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC Laguna Chapter will continue to be of service to the most vulnerable people in Laguna, abiding by its mantra to be always first, always ready, and always there where help is needed.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to be the government’s active ally in its aggressive National COVID-19 Vaccination Program to beat the pandemic. It recently inaugurated its 25th Bakuna Center located at CB Mall Urdaneta, Pangasinan, last October 26, 2021.

“Habang patuloy ang ating laban sa COVID-19, kailangan nating maging maliksi. Ipinapadala namin ang mga bakuna sa mas maraming rehiyon, nag-dedeploy ng karagdagang mga tao, at higit sa lahat pinapabakunahan ang mas maraming tao laban sa COVID-19,” reiterates Senator Dick Gordon.

Over 92 individuals from COVID-19 priority groups A4 received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine supplied by the government in the dry run. The kick-off is the start of PRC Pangasinan’s regular vaccination schedule which plans to innoculate Pangasinenses every Thursday and Friday.

To register for vaccination, call 1158 or email us at [email protected]

COVID-19 Bakuna Centers (25)
PRC PLMC Mandaluyong
PRC Pasay Chapter
PRC Port Area
PRC Manila -Letran
PRC QC – Ever Commonwealth
PRC Rizal – Arcovia Mall Pasig
PRC Rizal – SanLo Mall Makati

North Luzon
PRC Tarlac City Walk Mall
PRC Bulacan -BSU
PRC Olongapo – Harbor Point
PRC Bataan – Penelco
PRC Ilocos Norte – Robinsons
PRC La Union – Rotary Serv Ctr
PRC Pangasinan – CB Mall

South Luzon
PRC Batangas Xentro Mall
PRC Cavite – SM Bacoor
PRC Cavite – VistaMall GenTri
PRC Laguna – LISP II

PRC NegrosOcc Gaisano

PRC Zamboanga City Chapter
PRC Iligan – Chung Hua
PRC Davao City – Archdiocese Compound

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon strongly emphasizes practicing safety protocols when going out despite recent drop in reported new cases. The Department of Health (DOH) reported 9,055 new cases last October 05, 2021, compared to the 20,755 new cases reported last September 26, 2021.

“Ang pagbaba ng kaso ng COVID-19 cases does not mean we should let our guard down. Our battle against this invisible virus is far from over, but we can counter it by encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and get tested regularly to make sure that all people around us are safe from transmission,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.

PRC continues its fight to combat COVID-19 through its Bakuna Centers and Bakuna Buses, vaccinating over 284,689 individuals. PRC also conducted various humanitarian initiatives like the Hot Meals On Wheels food trucks which has provided 94,757 ready-to-eat meals to lockdown affected residents nationwide to date.

Sen. Dick Gordon also urged everyone to get tested regularly for COVID-19. PRC recently lowered its prices for swab and saliva RT-PCR tests, which now cost Php2,800 and Php1,500, respectively. To date, PRC conducted 4,517,998 tests, which is 21% of the country’s national testing output.


Philippine Red Cross

Born officially in 1947, but with roots that traces back to the revolutionary days, the Philippine Red Cross has truly become the premier humanitarian organization in the country, committed to provide quality life-saving services that protect the life and dignity especially of indigent Filipinos in vulnerable situations.

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